Sir David FrederickAttenborough, a veteran broadcasterand naturalist,once said: “Are wehappy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant orpolar bear except in a picture book?” Studying Environmental Sciences,for me, is not just a case to widen up my educational horizons and augment mylove of nature; It’s an opportunity to make a difference, to change opinions ofcommon people regarding environment and climate change, to do my level best to ensureAttenborough’s worrying vision never comes true, to alter the way we live andfor the betterment of our society. I am naturally intrigued by the complexityand beauty of our world, and from a very early age, I have always wantedto be out and about in nature and enjoyed all kind of outdoor activities. And myadoration of the environment has been the most constant factor in my life.
Myfondest memories to date are probably our family camping trips. From early on,I loved to observe very closely the effects of human populations on ourenvironment, mountain slopes, glaciers and tides that I began perceiving thetrue greatness of the Earth and its creatures, and perhaps more importantly,how vital it is that we preserve it. It always deeply saddens my heart to seetrash along the roadway and I want to be part of sustainable development ineco-friendly directions. Having chosen Environmental science for my Bachelorsand Masters course, I’ve gained a comprehensive understanding of the naturalworld, absorbing with wonder every topic: from the glacier to the electron, theearthquake to the pathogen and climate change. It has provided me with theacademic knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing higher level study in EnvironmentalScience.
I completed primary data collection and analytical fieldwork on AirQuality monitoring of PM2.5 and PM10 at heavy traffic sitesof Anarkali Bazaar Lahore in 2016 and currently working on Toxicity Analysis ofBarbecue Charcoal Ash and Human exposure assessment. It’s great fun and afantastic learning tool for team work, map-reading, self-sufficiency, confidentiality,maturity, empathy, responsibility and the improvement of my communicationskills. I am an avid reader of a variety of literature, including referencebooks on natural history, (National Geographic etc.) wildlife, poetry, proseand essays and I am currently writing my own adventure novel, as well asongoing poetry. Studying Environmental Sciences at Central European Universitywill enable me to broaden my academic horizons, increase independence, andshape the career I wish to pursue.
I believe that we have the ability to savethe planet in spite of ourselves. I want to be involved in the science of environment,preservation and climate change, where research tackles the challenges we facehead on; changing mind-sets, securing a safer future for all life on earth.